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Dave Winchester wins 2012 Itacoatiara Pro

Dave Winchester wins 2012 Itacoatiara Pro

Dave Winchester
Winchester claiming his victory.
Photo credit: IBA/Specker

IBA 2012 Itacoatiara Pro sponsored by Pride, and NET
Event 4 of 8, Mens Grand Slam Series
Itacoatiara, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
June 7-17, 2012

Itacoatiara, Brazil – Thursday, 14th June 2012 – Dave Winchester (AUS) has won the 2012 IBA Itaoatiara Pro, sponsored by Pride, and NET in rampy 4 foot (1.5 meter) waves. Topping 6x world champion, Guilherme Tamega (BRA) in the final again, after his recent victory over the Brazilian in the Arica Chilean Challenge final only 2 weeks ago. Today Winchester launched a lofty reverse air in the opening minutes of the final, scoring an impressive 9.5, backing it up with a backflip to roll combination to take out the event.On his way to the final, Winchester defeated fellow country-man and good friend Ben Player in semifinal 1, the most action packed and highest scoring heat of the event. Winchester posted a huge 18.7 out a possible 20 against Player in the heat many were calling the “grudge-match” of the year. Counting a 3rd place finishes at the Box Pro and Pipeline Challenge respectively and two wins back to back, Winchester has rocketed into a comfortable lead on the 2012 IBA GSS rankings.

Mitch Rawlins seemed like the man to beat throughout the event until he met the Brazilian giant killer, Guilherem Tamega in semifinal 2. In the first few minutes of the heat, both Tamega and Rawlins were awarded a double interference, removing their second scoring ride from their heat total. Both competitors were only scored on their single best ride, Tamega coming out on top with a high score of 8.73 out of a possible 10.

Rawlins and Player both finished in equal third today, moving them up to second and third on the world tour rankings respectively.

The next events on the 2012 IBA GSS calendar are:

Aug 1-11 – Mexico Pro – Puerto Escondido, Mexico

Aug 25-Sept 2 – Sintra Pro – Sintra, Portugal

Nov 2-13 – Encanto World Series – Isabella, Puerto Rico

Dec 7-16 – Fronton Pro – Canary Islands

Updated rankings:

For full GSS rankings, go to: GSS Rankings

The full results and draw is available at:

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Who is sponsoring this event?


Pride is a worldwide leader in bodyboards and bodyboard-related accessories.

Pride bodyboards International Team includes Current IBA World Champion Pierre-Louis Costes as well as stylemaster Sam Bennett, new generation rippers Lewy Finnegan, Miguel Macias and Antonio Cardoso and Brazilian charger Dudu Pedra.

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